(The Windhaven Witches #1)
Publication date: September 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
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Nestled in the woods of Windhaven, Blackwood Manor waits to unleash a dark and deadly legacy…
When Autumn Blackwood shows up at Windhaven Academy for the Witching Stick Orientation, she hopes to find out what dormant powers she could possibly possess to have been accepted to the elite supernatural school. Instead, the academy is in chaos as everyone frantically hunts for two missing girls.
But as school begins with Autumn no closer to figuring out her powers, strange occurrences start to follow her everywhere. Even at home, Blackwood Manor keeps many secrets, and Autumn can’t escape its haunting past.
New friends urge her to learn more about her family’s history in order to unlock her powers and make sense of what’s happening at Blackwood Manor, but Autumn’s not so sure. Once an accident brings Autumn face-to-face with death, however, she realizes her gifts are tied to a legacy that can either save or doom them all…
Fans of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Joe Hill’s Locke & Key, or MR Forbes’ Necromancer: The Complete Series will love The Windhaven Witches.
Where the Idea for Secret Legacy Came From
The idea for Secret Legacy originally came to me as a dream that I had when I was 14-years-old. The dream itself felt so real that I could swear to this day it was a past-life memory. I’d never been in a house with such grand (or old) features before. The dream took me into what would become my “new bedroom” and from there, I found a small door hidden behind the elaborately decorated wallpaper. I couldn’t get it opened at first because the handle was missing – which, in my dream, I found I the closet. (Spoiler: that’s not where my main character finds hers. HA!) When I did get the door opened, I was shocked to find what I did on the other side. I woke up just after opening it.
The next day, I ended up at my Mom and Dad’s computer, pounding away at the keyboard. At the time, I was reading plenty of Fear Street and Christopher Pike novels, so I told the story along the same lines as what I had been reading. The story flowed and within a few weeks, I had finished my first ever manuscript – some 120 8x11 pages long. Of course, I turned it over to the one person I thought might get a kick out of it, my English teacher. Bless her, she read the whole thing and even gave me extra credit in English that year for doing something so…weird, I guess… for a kid my age. HA!
So, because of that, Secret Legacy has gone by a few different names. First, my 14-year-old-self titled it Never What They Seem. (Oh, so dramatic, I know. What can I say, I was into the dramatic back then. HA!) Then, when I first decided to (eh-hem) resurrect the story, it went by the name Remnants. However, I knew the story wasn’t finished when I ended it, so I wanted to create a series. At the time, I was learning more about how to make a series more cohesive so readers could find it and know they were all a part of the same world. I decided to rebrand the titles, keeping the theme and messaging consistent. It was all about this girl, Autumn Blackwood’s legacy. Thus, Secret Legacy, Soul Legacy, Haunted Legacy, and Cursed Legacy were born.
“An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice.”
Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre-bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she’s busy reading them.
Carissa’s internationally bestselling trilogy, The Pendomus Chronicles, is now in digital, print, and audiobook formats. She has hit the scene as an up and coming speculative fiction author who uses a mix of scifi and fantasy, twisted in modern mythology and alternative history. Check out The Final Five, Oracle, Awakening, and Love is a Merciless God!
Carissa has big plans for 2020. Check out her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches.
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She lives in central Minnesota with her husband and brood of five kids. Not to mention, her insane husky puppies, Aztec and Pharaoh.
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